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What Is So Great About Doctrine?

I don’t know how many people (who say they are Christians) have told me over the years that they are not interested in Bible doctrine. Then, after making that declaration, they say something cute like, “Just give me Jesus.” Yet, the Bible and Jesus have a lot to say on this topic. For instance, Jesus warns that: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9) Paul writes that the church was given pastors and teachers in order that the people would not be carried about by every wind of doctrine. . . .” (Ephesians 4:14) “If anyone teaches a different doctrine,” he knows “nothing.” (1 Timothy 6:3) Paul writes to Titus, “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1) Paul says of an Elder, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:9)

Doctrine is very important. Adoniram J. Gordon describes it as “the framework of life – the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and rounded out by the living grace of a holy life.” Doctrine helps us to think exactly and then act correctly upon the truth of Scripture. If your doctrine is sound and you act accordingly, you will glorify Christ. The Scriptures cited above, show that God is concerned about Christians being taught correct doctrine and not wandering off chasing the fantasies of men.

The curse of false doctrine is rampant throughout our churches today. Paul writes, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) When all we think about is our “best life now,” it is easy to be persuaded that God wants me wealthy and healthy right now. The doctrines of men, however, lead only to self-destruction. We desire blandishments when we really need Godly reproval.

To live rightly, we need doctrine that is anchored in eternity and whose sole source is the God of Creation. God created man and man is accountable to God. Doctrine is important because it helps us to understand the Biblical view of life. Doctrine is important because God does exist. The methods, agenda, and wisdom of this world are the primary sources of false doctrine in the modern church. This is the church of man because it is man-centered rather than God-centered. Beware of men who honor God with their lips but not inwardly in their hearts. Hold on to sound doctrine and take the Biblical path to wisdom.

3 Responses

  1. Sam, really good post. Doctrine: ‘a rule of law’; rule: ‘precept’; precept: Isaiah 28:10. Doctrine: Isaiah 28:9..I have a blog on this given by the Lord in study for a ‘home bible meeting’ with a mixed crowd. By that I mean believers, nonbelievers, Oneness, Trinitarians. It was so effective as God led me thru it..I was taught as well as they, thats when it is so sweet. [I got your link by wordpress making a comparison..come see me!


  2. Would love to – leave me your link address.


  3. http://lanis.wordpress.com [not sure this is will work…new to wordpress and it is still greek to me.


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